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Benefits of working in construction in the UK

The fallout from the banking crisis continues to be felt when it comes to the construction industry but fortunately in the UK the effects have caused less damage than elsewhere. When any economy undergoes a slowdown or a recession the property market is always one of the first areas to be hit hard and this has a knock on effect to the construction industry. New projects become increasingly difficult to get off the ground and those that are underway often... ❯❯❯

5 Landscaping Design Tips to Save Energy and Money at Home

One of the secrets to saving money on your air conditioning costs this summer is with landscaping. In fact, energy specialists say that planting various deciduous plants around the perimeter of the home can create a “green zone” that can block out heat and warm winds, thus saving homeowners up to 40% on their utility bills. In fact, a single shade tree can actually have the cooling power of up to 15 air conditioners and a well placed tree can help to save... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Clay Roofing

Out of all of the home renovation projects you could contemplate, one of the most costly and difficult is a new roofing job. It’s physically complicated, as you’ll be exposed to the elements in a situation where inexperience and carelessness could lead to a misstep and a deadly fall. It’s financially complicated, depending on if it’s a simple patch job or an entire replacement. And your choices here affect many other aspects of your home, from energy... ❯❯❯

How to Bring More Outside Light Into Your Dark Home

When we wake up in the morning and open up the curtains in our bedroom or the blinds in our kitchen, while seeing the natural light from the sun rays is definitely a great way to wake up each day, there are actually quite a few health reasons for why it’s a good idea to do too. Natural light helps our skin to produce Vitamin D which ultimately aids in increasing our immune system. Plus, natural light offers wonderful support for our vision, it reduces the... ❯❯❯

Keeping Your Business Electrical Safe

Good electrical health and safety is absolutely essential for all businesses. Ensuring that your business has a viable electrical health and safety record is vital for maintaining the well being of your employees and customers, as well as ensuring that all of the equipment and electrical appliances that you use for your business run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. If you are a start up business are renting or leasing property, ensure you are... ❯❯❯

5 Remodeling Tips for a Multi-generational Home

For more than a decade, there’s been a steady increase in the number of American households living with multiple generations under the same roof. Experts cite a combination of reasons for familial household consolidation: the aging parents of baby boomers are requiring long-term care, young adults or “boomerang” kids are moving back in with their parents for financial security, and parents with younger children are turning to the convenience of a live-in... ❯❯❯

Is There Asbestos Material in Your Home?

In recent years, asbestos has been deemed to be a product that is considered very dangerous that should not be handled by homeowners. This material was originally approved for home building due to its durability and fire resistant properties. Asbestos materials were used in many homes built between the 1930's through the 1970's time period. Back during those days, asbestos was considered a wonderful product that was completely safe. This meant it was... ❯❯❯

Why Property Surveys are so Important

The best way to protect yourself from nasty, expensive surprises once you’ve moved into your new home is to arrange an independent property survey. While you may think that your Mortgage Valuation Report is sufficient, what a lot of estate agents won’t tell you is that this isn’t the case. Mortgage Valuation Reports are conducted for the benefit of the lender, and it won’t ask the right questions to protect you should anything about the property be... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Choosing the Right Company to Build Your New Home

There are many things to consider when you’re thinking about building your own home. From location to choosing between single anddouble storey house plans, from construction materials to power sources, from landscaping to decor, but perhaps one of the most pivotal decisions you’ll need to make is which company to choose to build your house. Here are a few simple tips that will help you compare possible builders and choose the right company for you and... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Air Duct Noise Reduction

Whether you are trying to sleep, work, read, concentrate, watch TV, have a conversation, a noisy air duct can be enormously distracting. When your central air system is moving cool and warm air through out the house, the sheet metal in the unit might start to make a certain noise. We all know what the noise sounds like, because it can be incredibly irritating. Yet, there are a number of ways to reduce the sound to a manageable level or get rid of the... ❯❯❯

Should You Paint or Stain Your Home’s Exterior?

There are tons of jobs around the house that you can tackle yourself, bringing a homeowner’s passion and a DIY attitude to bring the job in at a fraction of the budget but with a professional finish. You might want to cross rewiring the family room or upgrading the plumbing from that list. They may sound doable, but there are some things best left to the experts. Yet there are tons of other areas you can impact, increasing the value of your home and... ❯❯❯

How to Secure a New Home Construction Loan

Getting approved for a loan to build a home can be just as hard as securing a loan to put down a payment on a new home. However, the benefit of building your own home has a lot more positive benefits, like customization, personalization and it might even be less costly than moving into a pre-built or previously owned home. It is the dream of many people to own their home and building it himself or herself can give an entirely unique sense of pride to the... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Landscape Design Tips

Summer is almost here and now is the perfect time to redesign your front and backyard, or your outdoor living space. Whether you live alone or with a family, landscaping can enliven your home and can even increase the resale value of your property. Best of all, there are a number of options to choose from, which range from easy and inexpensive to advanced and a little more costly. If you decide to put a little bit more of an investment into your landscapin... ❯❯❯

5 Places to Look for Home Design Inspiration

Although you may be keen to tear out the shag carpet, orange tile, and popcorn ceilings that have left your home feeling horribly outdated, you might not have the first idea what to replace them with in order to create the modern interior you’re looking for. And it’s no wonder you’re confused between a wide range of stylistic options to choose from, color trends that seem to change on a seasonal basis, and little base knowledge about decorating in general... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Building a Home in a Hot and Humid Climate

Just like anything, building your domicile in a hot and humid climate has its advantages and disadvantages. For one, you never have to worry about being cold and wearing multiple layers, perhaps except in the winter. There are some parts of the country with extremely warm summers and incredibly cold winters, which at least gives you a bit of respite in between. However, when building your home in these extreme types of climates you have to take a few... ❯❯❯

The Best Roofing Options for Cold Weather

The average homeowner doesn’t pay much attention to the roof, at least not until there’s a problem to be dealt with. So long as the building inspector approves the roofing before the paperwork is signed to buy the house, you might only get up there once a year to clean the gutters and make sure no shingles are missing (if you even go topside that often). Unless there is a leak or some kind of rodent infestation, you likely have little reason to climb a... ❯❯❯

5 Tips for Purchasing a Newly Constructed Home

Due to the housing crash and the nationwide credit debacle, it has never been a wiser investment for house hunters to purchase a newly built home. Architects and community developers are building homes that not only have customizable and versatile floor plans, but that are also good for the environment. In most cases, these homes are less expensive and can possibly give you much more bang for your buck. Best of all, it’s a new home, which means that in... ❯❯❯

5 Common Issues With Prefab Homes

Some people think that choosing a prefab (prefabricated) or modular home will cost far less time and money than a traditionally built house. There are also studies that show that modular homes are more environmentally friendly, but most of the tests are inconclusive. A prefab home is one where parts of its architecture are built in a factory and then assembled on a chosen lot. It might sound quick, easy and affordable, but there are many issues with... ❯❯❯

Where to Find a Reputable Home Remodeling Contractor

These days, many homeowners are taking a DIY approach with home renovations, and tackling jobs great and small in order to save some money. All you have to do is look at the still struggling real estate market and the weak economy to understand why every dollar counts. But there are some jobs that simply don’t fit the bill. You can probably install new flooring or change out a window yourself, but trying to contend with a whole roof installation or room... ❯❯❯

Should You Rehab Your Old Home or Tear It Down?

There’s no denying that older homes have a certain appeal. While modern construction seems to produce little more than cookie-cutter structures with no personality, older homes often feature originality in design, not to mention plenty of visual appeal in the form of wooden, well, everything – not just flooring and cabinetry, but also stairs, banisters, ceiling beams, and so on. And we’re talking beautiful hardwoods replete with the glossy patina of age,... ❯❯❯

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